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Lantern Tours

It’s that time of year again! Join us here at Avoca Museum on October 19 and 20 for Night at the Museum Lantern Tours. This event has become a popular Altavista-area tradition. It’s a family-friendly, educational, and fun offering that’s FREE!

You will be led around the grounds and historic buildings of the old Avoca plantation by a lantern-bearing guide in period costume. Along the way, you will hear stories from actors and actresses portraying the people who made history on these very grounds! This year, you will hear the story of a Native American of the Saponi tribe tell the ways of his ancient people. Be among the first people in 200 years to learn the story of American spy John Wyatt who helped turn the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the Patriots. Then you will find out how former slave Sam Walker responded to emancipation following the Civil War. Finally, you will hear the tale of the last person to live in Avoca. These stories span a time period of over 250 years, but it will only take you one hour to tour. Don’t miss this interesting and entertaining family event!

All you have to do to get in on the fun is to register in advance by calling Avoca Museum at 434-369-1076. Tours are offered on Friday, October 19 at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. Once you have registered in advance, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a small flashlight as visitors will be walking over slightly uneven ground at points. Also, Avoca Museum recommends that guests bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. If it does rain on the evening of performances, all actors will be indoors but groups will step outside to travel from one building to another.

The museum’s Gift Shop will be open for shopping and cash concessions will be offered with proceeds going to benefit the museum’s education programs.

Remember, register in advance for your desired tour time at 434-369-1076. We hope to see you at the museum soon!

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Earlier Event: October 6
Wine Festival Rain Date
Later Event: October 20
Lantern Tours